Movies Like Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)

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Chasing the feel of watching Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale ? Here are the movies we recommend you watch right after.

Not your typical Christmas movie by a long shot, but my favorite. A young boy lives with his reindeer herder father in northern Finland. An archaeological expedition unearths the *real* Santa Claus...you know, the one that likes to abduct little kids. Sometimes funny, sometimes scary, sometimes heartwarming, always dark, this tale of a boy, his father, and their friends will forever change your perception of that jolly old elf.

Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania’s new movie is about an arrogant European artist who tattoos a Syrian man's back, essentially turning the man's body into artwork. 

The man, as a commodity, is able to travel the world freely to be in art galleries, something as a simple human with a Syrian passport he couldn’t do. Seems unlikely? It’s based on a true story.

But Ben Hania is not really interested in the political statement aspect of this unlikely stunt. Instead, she looks at what this would do to a human-being, to the man's self-esteem, his relationships, and the turns his life takes. It's a fascinating movie.

Genre: Drama

Actor: Adrienne Mei Irving, Anissa Daoud, Christian Vadim, Darina Al Joundi, Fayçal Hassaĭri, Husam Chadat, Ichraq Matar, Ingo Brosch, Jacques Germain, Koen De Bouw, Marc de Panda, Monica Bellucci, Najoua Zouhair, Patrick Albenque, Rupert Wynne-James

Director: Kaouther Ben Hania